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What is notional?

 

Definition
 

A notional X is an X that is thought of informally or in extralinguistic terms.

Examples
 

A notional noun is a person, place or thing.

 

A notional verb is a doing word.

 

A notional sentence is a complete thought.

Source
 

Crystal 1997


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